Monday, February 27, 2017

art talk: Amélie Prolux

Amélie Prolux is a modern ceramicist, all of her work includes porcelain along with another media. She started out by talking about what crazing was and how much it fascinated her. Crazing is when glaze and porcelain expand and shrink at different rates with varying temperatures which results in really intricate cracks and produces a sort of eerie sound (kind of like wind chimes).

This "crazing" is what really inspired Prolux into experimenting with sound and is the basis for most of her work. After realizing that porcelain makes really cool sounds, Prolux started producing many kinds of porcelain structures that made some sort of noise. She made one piece called "Sounds of Porcelain" (I think, but all of her titles are in French so I'm not 100% sure), it involved hitting several porcelain bells and other objects with one another from different angles. She stated that "you can really hear the tension" in this work. 

Another one of her projects was supposed to imitate the sound of a rain cloud. She said she asked several scientists at various universities what a rain cloud sounds like. Then she sculpted hundreds of ceramic "water drops" and suspended them from the ceiling and made it so that they all hit each other and make sound which she describes at "clicking sounds of snowflakes colliding." Below is a picture of it.
Amélie talkled in depth about a lot of her pieces, many of them were interactive and made sound. One of my favorites was the "River of the Dead."  For this piece she wove thousands of porcelain pieced together using a loom and mechanically something to move the woven porcelain and placed it in the ground (like literally excavated the floor of the gallery) as a rug. She said she wanted it to resemble both a river and the dead.  (Piece found below.)

All in all, I think Prolux was a good artist to be introduced to while taking New Media in Art. The reason why I say this is because a lot of her work involves several different types of media and her work also involved the use of electronics and mechanical engineering, which is pretty cool.

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